Mercedes Benz has taken the veil of secrecy off its range topping roadster model the 2013 Mercedes SL65 AMG ahead of its official April debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
Fans of the old SL65 AMG will be pleased to hear that the familiar 6.0 liter twin turbocharged V12 has been retained but Mercedes engineers have upgraded the venerable power-plant with new turbochargers that now utilize a larger spiral cross section as well as new waste-gate channels and manifolds which have been designed to help further optimize airflow to the engine. These changes help the revised V12 produce a whopping 621 horsepower which is a small 17 horsepower jump over the old engine but with the same stump pulling 738 lb ft of torque – numbers that should more than satiate the tastes of all but the most die hard performance drivers.
Lawmakers in the United States as well as regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have often been critical of certain vehicle technologies that have the potential to distract drivers while they are behind the wheel. The automakers have issued a response of their own to this recent wave of criticism by saying that the NHTSA should expand their crackdown on electronic distractions to also include outside electronic devices such as smart phones and other hand held devices.
Is BMW looking to possibly revive the Triumph brand for another run? Rumors about such a possibility have festered for well over a decade, but if a recent report out of the United Kingdom is to be believed, The Bavarian automaker could perhaps be exploring this option once again.
By Carl Malek
Following in the footsteps of the company’s recently reworked BMW M5 sedan, BMW has decided to give the world a sneak peek at the 2012 BMW M6 Coupe and Convertible before their formal debut at next month’s Geneva Motorshow.
By Carl Malek
When Toyota unveiled the GT86 (AKA the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ) it was plainly obvious that the Japanese car firm had ambitious plans for its newest sports car project, which is the first product of the company’s partnership with Subaru. Now Toyota and Subaru have written the next chapter in the GT 86/BRZ story with the official unveiling of the Toyota GT86 RC and Subaru BRZ RA models.